The report presents evidence based examples on evolving synergies between the government and private sector in early childhood development space for next generation Anganwadis.
The Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) is one of the world’s largest government-led programme for provision of early childhood development in India; provided through a network of 1.4 million Anganwadis. This centrally sponsored scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The government encourages regulatory, operational and financial convergence between schemes, policies and programmes related to child well-being for maximised impact through optimal utilisation of resources. This report presents evidence based examples on evolving synergies between the government and private sector. It demonstrates how leveraging mobile technology for monitoring and evaluation, sustained capacity building of field level functionaries, and modernising pedagogy by introducing ages and stages tool would pave the way for transforming Anganwadis to next generation ‘Smart Anganwadis’.
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